Who’s Who On The Set: Below-the-line (Part 2)

Jobs description in the Production Department

By Michael Barmish


Above-the-line and Below-the-line. The terms refers to the budget where a line was drawn to separate key players on a film production. Above-the-line gathers most of the people involved in the creative direction of the film.

Below-the-line gathers all other departments involved in the making of the film. People of this department are usually hired when the film has been financed and is ready to move into prep (pre-production). At that time most of the Heads of Department are hired and are building their teams.

This guide focuses on the various roles in the Production department. It explains who are the key players, what responsibilities are part of their job, and what are the main qualities required to help you decide if one of these jobs may be your future career.

 

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this guide you will be able to:

  • Identify keys to building a successful career in the Production department
  • Understand why the Line Producer is the glue that holds a production together
  • Discover the important qualities needed to be a success in production
  • Learn the important production jobs that can take you up the career ladder

GUIDE-AT-A-GLANCE

Jobs description for:

  • Line Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Assistant
  • Script Coordinator
  • Production Accountant
  • Production Secretary

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